Council of Europe to launch first Europe-wide campaign to “Stop domestic violence against women”

Strasbourg, 14.11.2006: A major Council of Europe campaign aimed at stopping domestic violence against women Europe-wide will be launched at the Spanish Senate in Madrid on Monday November 27 (Plaza de la Marina Española, Madrid).

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis will be amongst dignatories at the official launch ceremony at the Spanish Senate building at 12.30 pm.

The launch takes place during a conference bringing together around 300 top European experts, politicians and NGOs united in their determination to stop domestic violence against women. It will focus on three themes: support and protection of victims, legal and policy measures to combat violence, and changing attitudes towards violence.

The Council of Europe will be represented by Committee of Ministers Chair and San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Fiorenzo Stolfi, Parliamentary Assembly President René van der Linden, Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg and Ian Micallef, President of the Local Authorities Chamber of the Council of Europe Congress

Speakers will include ministers from different Council member countries and representatives from international organisations and the Spanish Senate.

Operational Information

The conference is open to the press, and starts at 9am.
A press conference will be held at 1.15 pm.
Journalists are asked to use the Bailén street entrance. A working room with PCs is available.

Further information on the campaign is available on and on the conference on the

Council of Europe press contacts:
In Madrid (Spanish-speaking)
Felix Santos: Tel. +34-91 715.82.41; Mobile +34 66 942 39 67 ; [email protected]
In Strasbourg,
Cathie Burton : Tel. +33 3 88 41 28 93; Mobile : tel+33 6 85 11 64 93;[email protected]

Journalists should contact Clara Núñez Lagos of the Senate press service (Tel. +34 91 538 14 96; Fax: +34 91 538 17 00; [email protected]) giving their media, and a letter from their editor, along with copies of identity documents

Television journalists should contact Alfonso Palazón of the Senate audiovisual service in Madrid (+34 629 99 38 06) for questions on the event itself.
For television journalists, a videokit of interviews is available from the Council of Europe in professional format, please contact the audiovisual service on +33 3 88 41 25 65 or [email protected].